I wanted something that was a bit larger, but the space is small so it has been difficult to find something.
I found one small cabinet at Home Goods that would have worked, but I definitely did not want to spend $150 for a cheaply made piece of furniture from China.
I've looked around for the last couple of weeks for something vintage, but the few things I saw that might work were just too expensive.
This girl has put herself on a budget.
That is when the idea hit me to shop my own apartment to see if I could come up with something. I looked at a small chest of drawers in my bathroom first, but it was too big. Hmmm, is this going to be like Goldilocks and the three bears?
When I ran into the table in my entry hall for about the millionth time it literally hit me. What about this table? This table was my mom's and I requisitioned it after her passing.
Well, yes it is exactly the right size for the space, and although there is no place for storage, I started to think that I might like the more open look of it. (on the other hand I need to find a better way to hide those cords)
After I was satisfied that it was indeed the right piece, I started to shop my apartment for accessories.
This palm, which was a gift, has been kind of squished between the settee and the end table. I thought about how it would make a bit of a screen between the eating area and the living room.
Now for a pretty pot. I bought this pot on half off day at the thrift store a couple of months ago. Even though I didn't have anywhere for it at the time I really loved it and at $7 it was a great buy.
I wanted something simple next to the pot so I pulled three of my old books out of the desk. (why does it look like my chair has dandruff?)
I think they will add a simple farmhouse touch to this spot.
Now for that bottom shelf.
I bought this mid century pottery vase in a large lot at an estate auction a few years ago. I sold the other pieces I bought with it so it was virtually free. I love the lines of it and as I have two mid century lamps on either side of the settee I think it works well.
Here it is all put together. I'm feeling happy.
No new money was spent on this redecorating project. I think I will take that $150 I saved on that piece of furniture and save it for a rainy day, which could be pretty much any day this month as that seems to be all it wants to do.
Do you shop your home when you redecorate?
P.S. Happy birthday to my sweet daughter, Katy. Since I already got into trouble for putting Cary's age on her birthday card last week I wouldn't dare mention Katy's age here.